|16 Oct ’10||Posted by amos under books, Questions||
For context, this was written in 1873. We don’t have new problems.
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. I am personally acquainted with hundreds of journalists, and the opinion of the majority of them would not be worth tuppence in private, but when they speak in print it is the newspaper that is talking and then their utterances shake the community like the thunders of prophecy.
There are some excellent virtues in newspapers, some powers that wield vast influences for good; and I could have told you all about these things, and glorified them exhaustively – but that would have left you gentlemen nothing to say.
Excerpted from “License of the Press”
|13 Jul ’10||Posted by amos under books||
“Because,” he said, “they recognized right away that I was a real person. And they’ve probably never met one before.”
Great voice telling the interesting, thought-provoking, triumphant, and sad story of Eustace Conway.
Synopsis: In this National Book Award finalist, acclaimed journalist and fiction writer Gilbert focuses on the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of 17 to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last 20 years he has lived off the land.
|25 Jun ’10||Posted by amos under books||
This was a good read, but not what I was expecting. The story is peppered with historical fact regarding the Appalachian Trail, and many examples of America’s conflicting love/ hate/abusive relationship with nature. A majority of the book reads like a buddy-flick, however, focusing more on Bryson’s interactions with a long estranged friend, and how they cope with the stress of each other, the people they meet on the trail, and unexpected the levels of physical exertion and mental stamina a trip like this requires.
I have been told that ‘The Last American Man‘ is more what I am looking for, so I really look forward to reading it!
|20 Jun ’10||Posted by amos under books||
Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness. . .
|13 Apr ’10||Posted by amos under books||
We are the empirical decision makers who hold that uncertainty is our discipline, and that understanding how to act under conditions of incomplete information is the highest and most urgent human pursuit.
|25 Mar ’10||Posted by amos under books||
An interesting and short book that summarizes much of the business MO for the team at 37signals.com. Reads like an ‘inspiration of the day’ calendar. Some techniques are good, some great, others not so realistic for some markets. It’s a worthwhile read.
|27 Oct ’09||Posted by amos under books||
From Amazon’s review / interview:
Choice architecture is the context in which you make your choice. Suppose you go into a cafeteria. What do you see first, the salad bar or the burger and fries stand? Where’s the chocolate cake? Where’s the fruit? These features influence what you will choose to eat, so the person who decides how to display the food is the choice architect of the cafeteria. All of our choices are similarly influenced by choice architects. The architecture includes rules deciding what happens if you do nothing; what’s said and what isn’t said; what you see and what you don’t. Doctors, employers, credit card companies, banks, and even parents are choice architects.